Votes open for best building Hackney Design Award


St Mary of Eton. Credit: Hackney Council

St Mary of Eton Church, E9. Credit: Hackney Council

Hackney residents have been invited to vote in the Hackney Design Awards for the borough’s best building.

The scheme was launched in 2004 and residents are asked to choose from 16 shortlisted unique buildings and spaces .

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Planning, Business and Investment, said: “The People’s Choice is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate great design and help recognise buildings that have made a positive or inspirational contribution to the look and feel of our local landscape.

“The shortlist this year gives just a flavour of the huge variety of buildings and spaces that exist in the borough, with many of the designs using timber in their construction.”

Nordic Lofts. Pic: Hackney Council

Nordic Lofts. Pic: Hackney Council

David Mooney, development manager at London Wildlife Trust who was shortlisted for the Woodberry Wetlands building, said: “We were nominated by a number of people and lots of local people got in touch to say ‘Go for it!’”

Maggie Norwood, the manager of another shortlisted building, Bath House, said: “This award acknowledges that design is important. We’ve been at the Bath House for 15 years and in course of those years we’ve been upgrading the building and looking after it.

“Some people from local nurseries came to have a look, so people can come and view the room to be inspired. We’re happy to invite other nursery providers to come and see what we have done here.”

The voting closes on October 11 and residents and visitors are free to vote for their favourite at

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